Interview: The Divers
Things seem to have skyrocketed for our favourite indie rock lads The Divers since we last plonked them up on this-here bloggington . Back then, they were Pete Hickman and The Divers. Presumably our guy Pete has decided that diving was very much his thing and instead of standing on the forefront and/or sidelines forever, he just wanted to, y’know, dive in and get involved. Right on, Pete. Career-wise, a dive is certainly not what the boys are taking. Gearing up for a single release, which as a stark coinky-dink is being released on those indie smart-arses Laissez Faire Club who we seem to end up writing about in nearly every other blog post these days (see yesterday’s blog post about how we’re definitely nobody’s bitch), the dudes have been waxing, buffing and spackling themselves in promotional glory from the likes of NME and BBC regional stations, or something like that. We are also very happy to see that they didn’t balls up their new music video to accompany the track. Emalgumating some weird concept – in the clip, Pete seems to first get stalked a bit by people who are supposed to be his mates, followed by getting drugged with potent ribena-in-a-cup, which ultimately sees him actually becoming a Diver by rocking out with the band – with ad hoc performance sections usually ends in tears in our humble opinion; however, some fine acting and rock action from the guys combined with the tracks’ Foo Fighters-via-The Shins-via-Manchester Orchestra stylings delivered with a Band Of Horses aesthetic (we’re not at all sure if that’s how we described the track on the original Track Of The Day post, but yeah whatever) has even left our cynical asses impressed. Also, they have a single launch tomorrow at The Enterprise. So, obviously, we needed a word.
Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?
We are The Divers and we hail from London, England. We play alternative rock music inspired a lot by bands from the US like Pearl Jam and Wilco through to current bands like Band of Horses and Surfer Blood, but I feel we add our distinctly British mark to the music which I think gives us a familiar yet different sound.
KM: Cool, so we got one thing right so far. Cheers fam.
Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?
I’ve been liking the new Grizzly Bear album but also The Soft Pack‘s Strapped, because they remind me of Hüsker Dü.
KM: Let’s just say Hüsker Dü are a terrible choice of wingman to accompany either of the other two. For we’re blatently going to mack out with them if you’re bringing all three into our house.
Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?
Wilco in Bologna, Italy, 9th March 2012 (in a car park in the middle of nowhere). Probably the most well behaved audience I’ve ever been in, you could hear a pin drop during the quiet songs. And secondly, well, it’s Wilco, so that a good enough reason for me.
KM: Wilco Schmilco. You’re right though, they do sound like you. This is clearly the beginning of the end for us. You bastards.
If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?
I don’t think I’ve ever mooned before or particularly thought about mooning anyone, or anything. But I guess if I had to moon someone or something I would moon anyone who believes/thinks they’re better than other people for whatever reason – I can’t stand it when people put themselves above others i.e for money, status etc. So those people can all have a good old moon from me.
KM: Cool. You can moon the world in that case, seeing as that’s how it all generally works.
You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?
Kangaroo – the Jeff Buckley version. I’d happily go listening to that.
KM: Nah. We’re sure you’ll be much happier with this. This is how you make us feel when you talk of Kangaroos. Fucking, Kangaroos man.
Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?
Depends on my mood, but I really like The Flaming Lips‘ version of Dark Side Of The Moon.
KM: Seriously, what is it with you and versions? Is that a thing? We pity the fool that tries to impress you with an original rendition. We’re sure Pink Floyd are gutted you didn’t dig their effort quite as much.
A Little Better is out now.
Thanks to Jeremy Lloyd @ Laissez Faire Club.